Can Anything Stop the Feral Hog Invasion? Texas Monthly
Baroque, Purple, and Beautiful: In Praise of the Long, Complicated Sentence LitHub (Anthony L)
For Nietzsche, nihilism goes deeper than ‘life is pointless’ Psyche Ideas. Anthony L: “My view is that nihilism is
MUTATION RATES of SARS-COV-2
“SARS-CoV-2 mutation rate estimates of around 1 × 10–6–2 × 10–6 mutations per nucleotide per replication cycle are consistent with previous estimates in other betacoronaviruses. These mutation rates lie below the range of rates that” pic.twitter.com/jeZjvobY4n
— Emmanuel (@ejustin46) April 13, 2023
Three Years Later, Covid-19 Is Still a Health Threat, 4/12 Nieman Reports (martha r)
Here’s to reviving the ancient practice of silvopasture aeon (Anthony L)
How did solar power get cheap? Part I Brian Potter (resilc)
Florida went under WATER! Heavy Flash Flooding in Fort Lauderdale, USA YouTube (resilc). Amazed this does not happen all the time. If you’ve ever flown in, it looks like the water table is barely below ground surface.
Gas Cars Aren’t Going Anywhere Vice (resilc)
The West vs. the rest? Beijing Review (Robert C)
China’s Car Buyers Have Fallen Out of Love With Foreign Brands New York Times (resilc)
China vows not to sell arms to any party in Ukraine war Associated Press
New checks promise more UK-EU trade friction Financial Times (guurst)
Anyone else having issues sourcing parts ? I can’t get an exhaust for one car and told 6 weeks as … no one willing to send to the U.K. anymore and they have to find new suppliers willing to . To be fair it’s not as if we could see it coming but it’s very frustrating
— ciaran the euro courier 🇪🇺🇮🇪 (@vanmaneuro) April 14, 2023
La belle France
South of the Border
US-led plan to ‘end’ migration through Darien Gap spurs questions Al Jazeera (furzy)
New Not-So-Cold War
Multipolar world risks new Cold War – IMF chief RT (Kevin W). Gee, and water is wet.
I assume this is not a fake or serious mistranslation. Has been up long enough that I assume it would have been taken down if so:
The final solution to the Russian question is the physical destruction of all Russians, Zelensky’s adviser Mikhail Podolyak said pic.twitter.com/4RmYTzqMzo
— Spriter (@Spriter99880) April 14, 2023
This provides some confirmation to periodic claims from Dima at Military Summary and others of Ukraine anti-retreat forces shooting Ukraine soldiers who refuse to fight or try to surrender:
Ukrainian army threatens to kill any soldier who deserts or refuses to fight.
“Those who are afraid to go on offensive, we will kill onspot. In new and strong Ukraine there is no place for cowards.” -Ukraine Army 35th brigade on Telegram.
Their followers seem very supportive… pic.twitter.com/SWhjNUOW23
— LogKa (@LogKa11) April 14, 2023
Moscow urges Washington to issue visas to Russian delegation to UN events — envoy TASS (guurst). Childish.
Ukraine War Day #414: Americans Target Gruzian Judges – Part I Awful Avalanche (guurst)
Diplomacy Watch: Biden administration in ‘damage control’ after intel leaks Responsible Statecraft
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Uber fares allegedly linked to phone battery levels Brussels Times (BC)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Award Winning CIA Analyst Ray McGovern Breaks Down Inner Workings of America’s Spy Agency Kim Iverson, YouTube. A meaty must-listen.
Checks & Imbalances: China, Trump And $7 Million Forbes (furzy). Help me. Not that I am defending bad conduct by Trump, but this amounts to beating a dead horse, or more specifically, relitigating a moot issue. This particular sort of grifting, remember, is emoluments. Barred by the Constitution. But only Congress has the authority to go after it. I recall there were cases of foreign countries taking overpriced rooms at Trump hotels, exposed in the press while Trump was in office. But Congress didn’t deign to go after this low-hanging fruit, and private suits were tossed for lack of standing.
Top 2024 hopefuls to address NRA convention after shootings Associated Press (resilc)
What Really Happened at Waco New Yorker (furzy)
Supreme Court Briefly Preserves Broad Availability of Abortion Pill New York Times (Kevin W)
“Anti-woke” Bud Light knockoff is $35 for a six-pack Boing Boing (resilc)
how to slay a magic word cult bad catitude. A different topic, but Jeffrey Sachs makes a similar frontal assault on a magic word, or here, phase: “China human rights abuses.”
Our No Longer Free Press
The US Could Use Some Separation Of Media And State Caitlin Johnstone (Kevin W)
I’d have figured your reporters would be hard at work deciphering the leaked documents to inform the public about what the government is doing in their names.
But nope. I guess that was an earlier time in your once-storied history.
— Interested American (@rtcizenski) April 15, 2023
Every time an important leaker emerges — not an authorized one (i.e., CIA/FBI feeds the NYT or NBC) but one that’s *unauthorized* (exposing their lies) — the establishment playbook is the same: malign the personal character of the leaker to distract:👇https://t.co/reHgWUMlBt
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 14, 2023
Wowsers, from Politico’s European newsletter:
The trip [back to Beijing] also provided me with a fascinating first-hand insight into how European political leaders and their press officers attempt to control and manipulate the media. Since arriving in Brussels a year and a half ago, I have been unpleasantly surprised by the way most media in continental Europe agree to cede editorial control to the powerful politicians they cover. In some countries, such as Poland, it is a legal requirement that interviews are vetted after the fact by the politicians who granted the interview. At its worst, this deceives readers and contributes to a general mistrust of politicians and the media. The Communist Party of China does not pretend to have a free press but it does recognize that media operate differently in other countries. As a foreign correspondent based in China, I may not have often been granted access to political leaders, but when I was there I never experienced the kinds of tactics employed by many European press officers.
Fed up by LA pothole, Arnold Schwarzenegger fills it himself Associated Press (resilc). Why not make these naming opportunities?
Jonathan GPT Swift on Jonathan Swift (Ep. 175) Conversations with Tyler. Anthony L: “Dear God, imagine Swift’s reply!”
Fantastic discussion with Paul Morland on the consequences of low birth rates. We really are facing down a demographic nuclear winter, inability to form families is clearly one of the worst problems for young people and yet we remain oblivious.https://t.co/QB6sBbZVwP
— Philip Pilkington (@philippilk) April 14, 2023
Global food giant Cargill cuts ties with slaughterhouse cleaning firm PSSI that hired migrant kids NBC (furzy). If you think that no one at Cargill knew this was happening, I have a bridge I’d like to sell you.
Workers at anti-poverty World Bank struggle to pay bills Associated Press (resilc)
Antidote du jour. Scott D:
Arnold (2001-2020), several times on antidote, and Buddy (2017?-present). Buddy was found in a parking garage as a kitten and was mostly feral. Normally, two male cats won’t bond well, but this one worked out. Buddy has rid our old neighborhood and our new neighborhood of rats and mice. Needless to say, he doesn’t want to be an indoor cat, but he learned about coyotes and cars as a kitten, it seems. I didn’t know a cat could climb a brick wall, but I saw him do it.
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.